Hal Hartley’s unique trilogy began with the Cannes prize-winning “Henry Fool,” continued in “Fay Grim” and now finishes with “Ned Rifle.” The ongoing story follows the lives of those characters unfortunate enough to cross paths with infamous author Henry Fool (Thomas Jay Ryan).
This new trailer for “Ned Rifle” features Aubrey Plaza, Parker Posey, Liam Aiken, James Urbaniak and Martin Donovan. The latest installment in the dramedy series focuses on Henry’s son Ned, who decides to kill his father as revenge for ruining his mother’s life. His plan grows increasingly difficult when Susan (Plaza), a sexy superfan of Henry Fool, enters the picture. Susan helps Ned track the writer down, both characters hiding their ulterior motives for finding him.
This offbeat dark comedy will probably be most enjoyable for fans of the previous two films, and Hartley’s movies tend not to appeal to a mass audience. As The Playlist’s review from TIFF suggests, “the mileage will vary depending on how you’ve felt about the progression of the series so far, but if you’re even mildly curious to find out what awaits the outrageous and exasperating Henry Fool, “Ned Rifle” is worth making some time for.”
“Ned Rifle” will screen at SXSW and premiere on Vimeo this spring. Watch the trailer below.